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Systems Engineer Test & Integration Lead (Satellite/Space Systems)

Requisition ID: R10060267

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Sterling, Virginia, United States of America
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: None
  • Telecommute IconTelecommute: Yes-May consider hybrid teleworking for this position
  • Shift IconShift: 1st Shift (United States of America)
  • Travel IconTravel Required: Yes, 10% of the Time
  • Positions IconPositions Available: 1

At Northrop Grumman, our employees have incredible opportunities to work on revolutionary systems that impact people's lives around the world today, and for generations to come. Our pioneering and inventive spirit has enabled us to be at the forefront of many technological advancements in our nation's history - from the first flight across the Atlantic Ocean, to stealth bombers, to landing on the moon. We look for people who have bold new ideas, courage and a pioneering spirit to join forces to invent the future, and have fun along the way. Our culture thrives on intellectual curiosity, cognitive diversity and bringing your whole self to work — and we have an insatiable drive to do what others think is impossible. Our employees are not only part of history, they're making history.

Successful candidates for this position will be a Sr. Principal Systems Engineer within the Tactical Space Division at Northrop Grumman Space Systems located in Sterling, VA.  This position offers the opportunity to work on exciting space flight programs designed to further Human Exploration and Operations (HEO) at and beyond Low Earth Orbit. More specifically, the Principal Systems Engineer is to develop flight system hardware/software test plans and will serve as the SE interface to Integration and Test organization for the project.

The Sr. Principal Systems Engineer is responsible for supporting key Systems Engineering (SE) deliverables as part of an Integrated Team at various program levels i.e. Mission-, Element-, and Segment-level.  The integrated team will incorporate the direction and results of a multi-disciplined engineering development of the space system architecture & elements.  The candidate is expected to own key program deliverables as well as support and incorporate new company and industry driven technologies.  

This position is expected to complete tasks under only general direction, independently determine and develop approach to solutions.  Completed tasks are reviewed upon completion for adequacy in meeting objectives.  This person is expected to interact frequently with inter-organizational and outside customer contacts and is expect to represent the organization in providing solutions to difficult technical issues associated with specific projects.


  • Provide support to all or selected segments for the SE Integrated Team

  • Support in development of space vehicle and/or ground segment design and analysis efforts

  • Conceive and develop solutions to complex analytical, design, and test problems

  • Technical management of major bus subcontracted program elements

  • Support contractual space segment technical reviews

  • Responsible to write monthly status and technical performance reviews and reports

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree or higher in a STEM area (Science, Technology, Engineering or Math) and 9 years of relevant work experience or 7 years of relevant work experience with a Master's degree or PhD with 4 years of experience

  • Proficiency in related engineering programs, Microsoft Office or equivalent document generation programs, Microsoft SharePoint or equivalent collaboration tool, MATLAB or equivalent computational tool

Preferred Qualifications:

Either self-experience or experience interfacing with team members in any of the following fields:

  • Command and Data Handling design and development

  • Electrical design at a card, component or system level

  • FPGA / Processor design and development

  • Software design and development

  • Power distribution system design and development

  • Both High and Low Voltage Bus Design

  • Mechanical design and development

  • Understanding of both launch loads as well as space docking loads

  • Thermal control system design and development

  • Thermal control techniques in both a vacuum and/or ambient condition

  • Automotive and motor or mechanism design and development

  • Radio communication design and development

  • Proficient in the use of the requirement development and management tool DOORS

  • Experience in development and maintenance of interface control documents

  • Experience in avionics system testing and evaluation

  • Knowledge in any of the following areas: Launch Vehicles, System Safety, System Reliability, Contamination Control, EMI, Space Environments (Radiation, Surface Charging, etc.), or Human Factors


Salary Range: $125,800 USD - $188,600 USD

Employees may be eligible for a discretionary bonus in addition to base pay. Annual bonuses are designed to reward individual contributions as well as allow employees to share in company results. Employees in Vice President or Director positions may be eligible for Long Term Incentives. In addition, Northrop Grumman provides a variety of benefits including health insurance coverage, life and disability insurance, savings plan, Company paid holidays and paid time off (PTO) for vacation and/or personal business.

The health and safety of our employees and their families is a top priority. The company encourages employees to remain up-to-date on their COVID-19 vaccinations. U.S. Northrop Grumman employees may be required, in the future, to be vaccinated or have an approved disability/medical or religious accommodation, pursuant to future court decisions and/or government action on the currently stayed federal contractor vaccine mandate under Executive Order 14042

Northrop Grumman is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class. For our complete EEO/AA and Pay Transparency statement, please visit U.S. Citizenship is required for most positions.

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What's great about
Northrop Grumman

  1. Be part of a culture that thrives on intellectual curiosity, cognitive diversity and bringing your whole self to work.
  2. Use your skills to build and deliver innovative tech solutions that protect the world and shape a better future.
  3. Enjoy benefits like work-life balance, education assistance and paid time off.

Did you know?

Northrop Grumman leads the industry team for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, the largest, most complex and powerful space telescope ever built. Launched in December 2021, the telescope incorporates innovative design, advanced technology, and groundbreaking engineering, and will fundamentally alter our understanding of the universe.